Government Shutdown Holding Federal Workers Hostage Discussed on America’s Work Force

President Trump holding out on ending the government shutdown until his demands of funding the border wall are met was a main topic of discussion on the Jan. 11 edition of America’s Work Force.

Jim Cullen, editor for the Progressive Populist discussed the ongoing government shutdown and how it is hurting federal and contract workers. Cullen described the situation as President Trump holding the federal and contract workers hostage until his demands are met. By not ending the government shutdown, President Trump is causing nearly 800,000 government employees to miss out on their first paycheck since Dec. 22. He also talked about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposal of increasing the top tax rate to 70 percent as well as her ideas for the Green New Deal.

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Mary Jane Trapp discussed when a court can modify court costs, referencing State v. Braden, during her Jan. 11 appearance on AWF. She also discussed the two new Ohio justices, Mike Donnelly and Melanie Stewart, and their backgrounds leading up to where they are now.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about President Trump threatening to declare a state of emergency to get the funding he wants for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Fear Mongering and Border Security Main Topics of Discussion on America’s Work Force

During the Jan. 9 edition of America’s Work Force, guest Dr. Jill Stein from the Green Party spoke about fear mongering and President Trump’s push for increased border security.

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Stein discussed how President Trump is attempting to use fear mongering as an attempt to gain support on his decision for building a wall to increase border security between Mexico and the United States. Stein went into a discussion about how dangerous it is for the President to use fear mongering as a tactic and speaking lies on certain topics in hopes that he is able to get what he wants out of it. Stein talked about how President Trump claims that a wall will help prevent illegal drugs from entering the United States when a lot of illegal drugs are smuggled in cars using the actual points of entry into the U.S. She also talked about the ongoing partial government shutdown and how it is drastically affecting government employees who need their paychecks to be able to survive.

Tom Germuska, Jr. with The Labor Citizen was the second guest on the Jan. 9 edition of AWF. Germuska discussed the outlook on construction in Ohio. Germuska discussed how, on a national level, commercial construction could potentially slow down in 2019, but non-residential buildings and other infrastructure construction will be increasing. In 2017, fatal workplace injuries dropped 1 percent, reported Germuska.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the new house speaker, Larry Householder, and understanding issues on both sides of the political aisle so people can have conversations about the issues and can work to improve them while catering to the needs of both political parties.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.



Green Party Green New Deal Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for New York governor, discussed the Green New Deal during his Dec. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.

Howie HawkinsHawkins, who finished third in New York’s governor’s race, described his vision of the Green New Deal, which includes items such as revitalizing the public sector through the investment in cleaner energy, improved infrastructure and mass transit. He talked about using the distribution of wealth, which he labeled as shared prosperity through progressive tax reforms, to fund schools and public services. Hawkins promoted the New York OFF Fossil Fuels Act, which is an effort to force the use of renewable energy, in an attempt to make New York the national leader in renewable energy.

The Labor Citizen MagazineTom Germuska, Jr., with the Labor Citizen, joined AWF and talked about the recent announcement of the Columbus Community Sports Complex project. The project utilizes a Community Benefit Agreement, which guarantees the use of highly trained and highly skilled local workers to construct the new sports complex. There was also an announcement about the construction of a new Major League Soccer stadium in Columbus for the Crew SC. MLS must approve the sale of the team to Dee and Jimmy Haslam before the project to build the new stadium can move forward. Germuska also discussed the December edition of the Labor Citizen. Within this 48-page publication is the Sixth Annual Holiday Gift Guide, which features union-made and U.S. made products.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc recapped President Trump’s meeting with incoming House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), where Trump threatened to shutdown the government if lawmakers do not agree to build his wall along the U.S. southern border.  Ferenc also discussed how the Unite Here union and Marriott Hotels reached a contract agreement, which should be a blueprint for all collective bargaining agreements moving forward.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.